Pacing the Story or Setting the Scene + GC Giveaway
Giveaway , Guest Post / May 18, 2015

    Blair McDowell wrote her first short story when she was eleven and has never ceased writing since, although only recently has she been able to return to her first love, writing fiction. During her early years, she taught in universities in the United States, Canada and Australia, and wrote several highly successful books in her field.   Pacing the Story or Setting the Scene by Blair McDowell As writers we’re frequently reminded that we must pay attention to pacing in our stories, that we must “keep the story moving”. I like a fast-paced tale as well as the next reader, and as a writer, I know I should be getting on with the story. But I love setting a scene. I like painting verbal pictures. In Romantic Road my settings include the vibrant city of New York, a rustic lodge on a lake in Quebec, the old Roman road the Romantische Strasse in Germany, the cities of Salzburg and Vienna in Austria, and Budapest and Lake Balaton in Hungary. How could I not describe these places in all their splendor? The smell of old-growth forest and shimmer of a Quebec lake, the dark and forbidding medieval stone walls…

What Makes a Great Romance Hero? + GC Giveaway
Giveaway , Guest Post / May 8, 2015

    After living in Chicago, Louisville and New York, Amy finally settled in North Alabama with her husband. Along with writing, she has a passion for cooking ridiculously fattening food and complaining about weight gain. She loves to connect with readers.   What Makes a Great Romance Hero? A friend recently brought up the question—what makes a great hero in a romance novel? Though I believe this answer to be more or less subjective, I do think there are some common traits that most heroes should possess. A hero should be giving. Meaning, he shouldn’t be selfish. Who wants to be with some selfish jerk? Not many of us, I’d be tempted to think. His altruism, however, shouldn’t be limited to only the heroine—it should extend beyond her. He must be willing to help others in need. After all, that’s what makes a man sexy. Secondly, he should be strong—whether this is physically (I think most of us ladies appreciate that) or mentally. At best, both. He can have moments of doubt (I mean, we all have those), but when it comes to decision-making, his actions should be strong. Of course, it also helps if he reacts in the…

Jade Lee’s Quiz + #Giveaway
Giveaway , Guest Post / April 28, 2015

    USA Today bestselling author Jade Lee has been scripting love stories since she first picked up a set of paper dolls. Ball gowns and rakish lords caught her attention early (thank you, Georgette Heyer), and her fascination with the Regency began. An author of more than thirty romance novels and winner of dozens of industry awards, Lee lives in Champaign, Illinois. Today I’m happy to welcome Jade Lee to the blog! Jade’s latest title, 50 Ways to Ruin a Rake, is out May 5th and is the first in her funny new Rakes & Rogues series. To celebrate her new release, Jade is here to share a quiz about the book. See if you can guess correctly! Question: Most people don’t realize this, but I started out writing sweet regencies. Yup. No sex. But then I decided to try writing hot with Devil’s Bargain (the training of a courtesan) and never looked back. In fact, it’s still one of my best sellers and sexiest books. But 50 Ways to Ruin a Rake is no slouch in the hot department. So guess what moment is the sexiest for me. A. The first time they go all the way. Duh. That’s…

COURTLY LOVE QUIZ by Elizabeth Moss + #Giveaway
Giveaway , Guest Post / April 25, 2015

  Born into a literary family, Elizabeth Moss lives with her husband and five children in South-West England, and is a keen countryside walker. She writes fun and sexy historical romances. She also writes award-winning fiction as Victoria Lamb. COURTLY LOVE QUIZ by Elizabeth Moss Follow this quiz to discover what kind of courtly hero you might prefer to curl up with! Question #1- What word best describes you? A             Ambitious B             Romantic C             Feisty D             Secretive   Question #2 – Complete this sentence: My preferred courtly hero is most likely to… A             Set me up in a large palace with servants B             Serenade me with a lute C             Ride off with me on his horse D             Keep my head safe from the block Question #3 – I prefer my hero’s kisses to be: A             Forbidden B             Long and lingering C             Fierce D             Intriguing Question #4 – My hottest historical hero wears… A             A crown and ermine-trimmed robes B             Top designer doublet and hose C             Shining armor D             Black, for lurking in the shadows Question #5 – On his day off from courting me, my hero usually… A             Goes hunting B             Plays bowls C             Polishes his lance D             Reads Machiavelli Question #6…

Bad For Me Tour + #Giveaway
Giveaway , Guest Post / April 20, 2015

  An obsessive bookworm, CODI GARY likes to write sexy small-town contemporary romances with humor, grand gestures, and blush-worthy moments. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading her favorite authors, squealing over her must-watch shows, and playing with her children. She lives in Idaho with her family. 10 Things to Love About Rock Canyon   Even when you hate them, the town’s characters have so much life, you feel like they’re real. Buck’s Shot Bar is a place where everyone knows your name…and your business… There are so many places to explore…and sneak off to get your mack on with one of the town’s resident hotties. Speaking of hotties, whether you like your men with a halo or black, crooked wings, we got a guy for you. Our heroines are flawed, but fierce when fighting for the people they love. The small town gossip blogger, Miss Know It All, will root for you to find your true love (even as she exposes all your dirty deeds). The animal sidekicks are quirky and their antics hysterical. Proof that country must be country wide. The bad guys (and slightly obnoxious busy bodies) get theirs one way or another.  Happily Ever…